Partnership Designed To Help Students Succeed

Partnership Designed To Help Students Succeed

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For young students, there's plenty of time before they need to start thinking about graduation.

But the Watertown City School District is now making sure that when the time comes, they will graduate.

The district is partnering with Jefferson Community College to bring back the Liberty Partnership Program.

"We'll start to better identify students who are at risk and provide them with the services and support they need to move through that sort of developmental period where they really are highly at risk for either dropping out or disengaging with school," said Stacy Eger, assistant superintendent.

A $1.25 million state grant will help provide mentors and resources, like after-school programs, for students in grades 5 through 12.

"The after school program is going to be mostly tutoring, but also some career exploration, field trips, things like that. Just a fun, safe place for them to hang out and get some extra help with their homework and make sure they're being successful at each step," said Todd Parody, JCC grant coordinator.

The Watertown YMCA is also joining in on the partnership to help provide summer camps for these students.

Last year, the district's graduation rate was 74 percent - a number administrators hope this program will help increase.

"If even one student stays in school or finds their niche and is successful in a way, emotionally or academically, whatever it is, we'll feel success, but obviously our goal is to increase the number of students who find that success," said Eger.

The after school program is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

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